The Oil City Police Dept. is warning area residents to be wary of fraudulent phone calls from individuals posing as Internal Revenue Service representatives. We want you to be aware that the Internal Revenue Service has put out the following warning.
“The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be the IRS.”
“There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout the nation, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS.”
The IRS does not ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the phone. Also the scammers may use threatening information, like having an arrest warrant for you for unpaid of delinquent taxes. And without immediate payment the scammer will threaten legal action.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be the IRS, and you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think you do, you may call TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) at 1-800-366-4484 and file a complaint.
For more information on phone scams you can go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.